embryonic

adjective em·bry·on·ic \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary
  • an embryonic plan

embryonically

play \ˌem-brē-ˈä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

  1. The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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EMBRYONIC Defined for English Language Learners

embryonic

Definition of embryonic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to an embryo

  • : in an early or undeveloped stage


Medical Dictionary

embryonic

adjective em·bry·on·ic \ ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik \

medical Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

embryonically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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